Anything that causes irritation, swelling, fluid build up, or a growth in or around the carpal tunnel can cause this syndrome. Common causes are:

  • Repetitive movements of the hands, wrists, or fingers, such as with a computer keyboard, certain musical instruments, or hand tools
  • Use of vibrating tools
  • Wrist fracture or dislocation
  • A narrow carpal tunnel (due to heredity or other causes)
  • Arthritis swelling
  • Diabetes
  • Water build up from:
  • Hormone-related conditions, such as pregnancy or thyroid problems
  • Tumors and cysts in the carpal tunnel

Revision Information

  • Reviewer: EBSCO Medical Review Board James P. Cornell, MD
  • Review Date: 09/2019 -
  • Update Date: 11/20/2019 -